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Biennial of Art and Urban Nature (re)connecting.earth (02) – Beyond Water


From September 1st to October 1st, the Biennial is presenting an exhibition of art and science, as well as a 30-day programme on water and biodiversity around the harbour and nature sites in the city.

Biennial of Art and Urban Nature (re)connecting.earth (02) – Beyond Water

Organised in collaboration with artistic, scientific and environmental associations and institutions, the Biennial of Art and Urban Nature (re)connecting.earth (02) - Beyond Water presents works of art that draw attention to the nature that surrounds us on a daily basis. In addition to exhibitions at various sites close to the ports of the Mouettes genevoises, such as the Bains des Pâquis and the premises of the Association pour la Sauvegarde du Léman, a month-long programme features performance workshops, film screenings and a symposium to reflect on the links between art and the environment and get closer to urban nature.

With 15 new outdoor works by Swiss and international artists, (re)connecting.earth (02) - Beyond Water promises an original and immersive experience for anyone tempted by a trip around the lake to reconnect with nature. The Biennal also offers an opportunity to discover different satellite nature sites in the city, such as the Pointe à la Bise reserve. Accessible to all generations, (re)connecting.earth (02) - Beyond Water also offers a series of creative workshops for nearly 2,000 primary school children, giving them a fun way to learn about sustainable development and experiment with creative practice. By presenting works created by artists sensitive to environmental issues, this Biennial of Art and Urban Nature aims to highlight the diversity of urban ecosystems and the wealth of contemporary artistic production linked to ecology. It explores the capacity of art to draw attention to the rest of the living world in order to take better care of it.

The Biennial (re)connecting.earth (02) - Beyond Water promotes a sustainable approach to the production and dissemination of art, from design to the recovery of materials used, including transport and the integration of a mobility plan. The newly-created works have been designed by the artists to be presented in other exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad, while reducing CO2 emissions as much as possible. This responsible approach aims not only to minimise the pollution caused, but also to promote energy savings and more sustainable production in the art world.

Artist list

Maria Thereza Alves ● Caroline Bachmann ● Flurina Badel & Jérémie Sarbach ● Mauren Brodbeck ● Seba Calfuqueo ● Luis & Gabo Camnitzer ● Gabo Camnitzer & Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco ● Julian Charrière ● Collectif Tchan-Zâca ● Mark Dion ● Andreas Greiner & Takafumi Tsukamoto ● Valérie Favre ● Anne-Laure Franchette & Manon Briod ● Anne-Laure Franchette & Géraldine Honauer ● Marie Griesmar ● Hans Haacke ● Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller ● Monica Ursina Jäger ● Alexandre Joly ● Diana Lelonek ● Diana Lelonek & Denim Szram ● Antje Majewski ● Adrien Missika ● Lucie Morat ● Ma Neveu ● Uriel Orlow ● Carmen Perrin ● Som Supaparinya ● Raul Walch ● Pinar Yoldas ● Zheng Bo ● Curation : Bernard Vienat

Key dates of the Biennial

Press and professional preview day

1.09.2023 from 18:00 on the Bateau Genève

Symposium: Crisis of sensibility, empathy and contemporary art: reconnecting with the earth
02.09. 2023 from 10 am at Pavillon Plantamour (La Libellule)

Exhibition and workshops in schools
from 15.05.2023

Exhibition of the finalists in the Masters competition at Swiss art schools
from 18.08 to 15.09.2023


Cerise Dumont, press relations
+41 76 377 25 23

Bernard Vienat, artistic director

Jean-François Vercasson



1 September - 1 October 2023

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